Internet, I’ve missed you. There are two very distinct types of internet in my world, the one which provides access to online banking, to the work computer system from home, the one that delivers bills via email. When I turn it on, I give a slight huff and puff, knowing that there could be far more fun things to do with the internet. It is the equivalent of a carrot and celery juice with a wheatgrass shot in comparison to an apple, pineapple, watermelon and beetroot juice, with a sprig of mint thrown in for good measure (or, if you would prefer, your cocktail of choice.)
The internet I’ve missed is the latter, the one which is full of tweets, blogs, food reviews and frivolous emails. It’s been organisational emails, bills, budgets and bookings for months now. Not today world. Today I update my blog, I visit my few favourite blogs all the while giving mental props to their authors for their ability to post regularly.
Look, it hasn’t been all bad.
The last two months or so have entailed this:
And I have moved on to the honeymoon part of the wedding palaver which has involved some serious hits on the gastronomic adventures scale and some misses. We’ve gone from London to Scotland to Italy and are off to Croatia in a day or two. One overnight train, two bloody marys (and a corresponding nap later) here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve learnt so far.
- The best food is not often found next to the best views, but sadly despite the knowledge of this rule I’ve failed to adhere to it at times and thrown good euro after bad food, or to be fair mediocre food.
- Even if you have woken up at 3am to catch a cheap flight, then caught three different trains, it’s probably worth spending 5 minutes considering restaurant choice. Eating reheated frozen pasta overlooking the Cinque Terre at a clifftop bar kind of ruins the first meal in Italy (see first point).
- Fish soup. I love you, especially when you are full of rich sweet tomato flavours and fresh seafood. This one was at Manarola, Cinque Terre. Go.
- Getting to London’s various airports costs more than getting from them to other European destinations.
- I miss cooking. Italy has done a great job of providing home style fresh and often super affordable food, but sometimes when there’s fresh pesto on offer at the local deli, whipping up some pasta is irresistible. Especially with a view out the window like this one.
And with that I’ll log off for a few more days, I’ve two more nights in Italy, five meals to be exact. Now to spend them wisely. Recommendations for the Amalfi Coast, Croatia and Turkey are all welcome as I have them all in my sights. I’m online more often via twitter @are_you_hungary, so send them that-a-way!